Good air quality contributes to the health of the world’s population and the natural world. As demand for energy rises, cleaner transport and industrial processes help to improve the air we breathe. By 2050, two out of three people on Earth could be living in cities, and the number of vehicles could exceed 3 billion. The wider use of electric, hydrogen or natural gas-powered vehicles – and more efficient combustion engines – can make a major contribution to improving air quality. This is in addition to the benefits of switching from coal to natural gas-fired power generation.
Air quality is one of the four priority topics of our environmental framework.
We are helping to improve air quality by reducing emissions from our operations and providing cleaner ways to power transport and industry.
What we are doing
We take steps to reduce airborne pollutants in our oil and gas production and processing, for example, lowering emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and volatile organic compounds. We report on our performance in the Sustainability Report.
Shell’s Goal Zero ambition to achieve no harm across all of our operations underpins all our work.
Shell continues to invest in cleaner ways to power homes and transport, such as electricity from renewable sources. We are developing a large network of chargers for electric vehicles and are expanding the availability of hydrogen as a transport fuel.
Our Shell GTL (gas-to-liquids) fuel is an alternative to diesel which can be used in existing engines without the need for modifications and can help lower local emissions, for example particulate matter, NOx, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. We also produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) which can power ships and vehicles.
We have developed and tested a new bitumen product with road constructors and air quality experts that actively reduces the emission of specific gases and particulates during production and paving. Shell Bitumen FreshAir can effectively reduce specific gases and particulate matter from asphalt mixtures by an average of 40% and therefore help reduce the impact of our industry on local air quality levels.
Working with others
As a member of IPIECA, we support the UN-sponsored Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, a leading global public-private initiative.
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Our new environmental framework sets out our ambitions for 2030 and later, as well as shorter-term goals.
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